Lizzo is one of three women appearing on the split cover of Essence‘s November/December The Year of Radical Self-Care issue. The “Truth Hurts” rapper/singer is joined by Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and “1619 Project” founder Nikole Hannah-Jones.

“There’s an ebb and flow in the Black experience. I find myself somewhere between blissful forgetfulness and painful remembrance everyday,” Lizzo commented on Instagram about her Essence cover story, which is titled “Simply Being.”

She adds, “I take it in stride. It’s heavy right now, I’ve felt it for weeks. I am protective and prayerful these days. So here I am again, so excited to be the @essence holiday cover star!”

Also in her Instagram message, the three-time Grammy winner asked her supporters to demand that today’s scheduled execution of Julius Jones in Oklahoma be stopped. Her wish was granted, as Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt commuted Jones’ death sentence for a 1999 murder that Jones insists he did not commit, as reported by ABC Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO-TV.

“After prayerful consideration and reviewing materials presented by all sides of this case, I have determined to commute Julius Jones’ sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole,” Stitt said in a statement.

Kim Kardashian and J. Cole are among the other celebrities who have been involved in the #justiceforjulius campaign.

 

 

 

 

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